Blues have field day against George Town

RIVERSIDE batsmen went on a run spree at Windsor Park yesterday in their NTCA game against George Town with two batsmen making centuries and another unlucky to just miss out.

The Blues declared their innings at 4-384, off 74.2 overs, opener Tom Garwood top-scoring with 106, Patrick Mackrill scoring 100 and Peter New making 99.

George Town was 3-48 in reply at stumps with Alex Saunders bowling well for the Blues to pick up excellent figures of 3-20, off 11 overs, and help his side to a commanding position heading into the second day next week.

WESTBURY and Launceston are engaged in an interesting battle at Shaws Oval with the home side making 188 after winning the toss and batting first.

The Shamrocks' top order found the going tough in the face of some good bowling from Ben Fraser and Rowan Smith, slumping to 4-39 before Josh Adams and Sean Leatherbarrow steadied the innings.

Adams top-scored with 40, Leatherbarrow made 24 and Wes Ripper again showed his value with the bat top scoring with 45 as Westbury's batting depth helped get it out of a tricky situation.

Lions captain Smith bowled well to pick up 5-45, off 19.1 overs and Ben Fraser took 2-36, off 20.

Launceston faced a difficult hour and a bit of batting at the end of the day and lost four wickets to be 4-43, in reply at stumps, off 18 overs, still trailing by 145 runs with six wickets in hand.

Cameron Lynch top-scored with 20 and Jonathan Chapman picked up 2-17, off his seven overs.

``It was hard work and Launceston certainly made us fight for everything we've got on the board,'' Westbury coach Adrian Tudor said.

``The wicket was a little bit up and down and two-paced, and a lush outfield meant not many boundaries were scored.

``At 4-40, it was a bit shaky but Josh Adams who went back to the two last week has come back in and was fantastic for us steadying the ship with a calm head along with Sean Leatherbarrow and soaked up a lot of pressure.''

Tudor said a score of 188 was a bit below par but picking up four wickets before stumps was important with the first hour crucial next week.

``They're a fairly young top order and we did think we could put some pressure on their top order which we did.

``They've still got Jade Selby there and a few aggressive batsmen down the list including Andy Belsak so we will certainly be on our toes.''

MOWBRAY won the toss and scored 6-235 batting first in its game against South Launceston at NTCA No.1 Ground for the Ian Young Memorial Trophy.

Eagles captain John Le Fevre top-scored with 64, Jerome Illingworth made 49 not out and Michael Aram 38.

``The wicket was damp early and South bowled really well and scoring was hard but overall I reckon it's still 50-50,'' Le Fevre said.

``To bat a day for 235 shows it was tough going but we will see what happens tomorrow.

``We will probably bat on a bit for a few overs because I don't think that is enough and we'll see how we go.''

South Launceston captain Sean Harris said it was a long day in the field and Mowbray batsmen applied themselves well.

``I think the game is evenly poised with a good wicket and outfield,'' he said.

``We've still got four wickets to take and hopefully we can do that fairly quickly and start the run chase.

``The fact that we've been able to bowl 96 overs and they've only scored 235 is a sign we've done a really good job to keep the runs down without much luck with the ball.''

Harris said it was a solid team effort with the ball with Jack Young bowling well to take 2-40 in his first A-grade game for the season.

Casey Young bowled well without luck and Kyle Bowie put in his usual consistent performance.

South Launceston bowler  Ben Austen  in full flight against Mowbray yesterday.  Pictures: MARK JESSER.

South Launceston bowler Ben Austen in full flight against Mowbray yesterday. Pictures: MARK JESSER.


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